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Photoshop Eye Tutorial by jht888 Photoshop Eye Tutorial by jht888
Due to a large number of request over the last few months, I have decided to put up this tutorial on how I create the eyes that I do on my paintings. I consider the eyes to be the single most important feature and if you can get them right, you will be well on the way to creating a beautiful portrait.
This is the way I do the eyes and other artist will have their own ways of doing things. I find this works for me and I really hope this works for you.

If you want to see an example of how would fit in to a full portrait, then please take a look below plus my nose, mouth, hair and ear tutorial

 

Thanks for taking the time to take a look :squee: If you have time please leave a comment, fav it or add me to your Watch list :happybounce:
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patriciakumor Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Thanks so much for this tutorial. :happybounce: 
I'm totally beginner, so result not bowled over. But but I'm still learning.
I have to work on drawing the eyelashes. Have you maybe got any tips for me?
My result:
patriciakumor.deviantart.com/a…

Thank you again for this amazing tutorial Hug 
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jht888 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely comment Patrycja, I love the way you have done your eye by the way, especially the iris, you've made it so real, very well done :clap:
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Nahemia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
a question~
for the iris you just draw a lot of lines or you use some kind of filter...? i knew there is a filter that looks similar to that, though i dont remember ir now.

amazing series of tutorias :)
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jht888 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Oh for the iris, I do two or three layers of lines, all hand painted in all different tones for each layer. Thanks again for leaving a lovely comment :clap: :D
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amoebae Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I've been meaning to follow it for a few weeks now, but just got round to it tonight. I'm really pleased with the result.

Eye Study by amoebae

Hug 
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jht888 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Thanks for your amazing comment and showing me your work. It's wonderful and I'm so glad that you have taken something from my tutorials :squee:
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amoebae Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a bunch of your tutorials in my favourites folder, they all look really useful. I appreciated the lack of explanation next to each step, because it allowed me to focus on observing each picture to work out what you'd done in each one to move the painting forwards, and let me try out different ways of achieving the same thing without worrying I wasn't using the right tool set to the right size or whatever. Explanations can be very useful for some things, but for this I found the simple approach far better :)
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CrakeYoung Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love your tutorials and want to try a portrait, too.
But I've got one Question. How long  does it take you, for example, just to draw the eyes?
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jht888 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Thanks for your great comment :D A whole portrait usually takes me around 6 - 9 hours depending on how realistic I want to make it. A pair of eyes around 45 - 60 minutes. I love painting the eyes, it doesn't matter to me how long it takes as for me, once the eyes are right, the rest of the painting will follow. Most importantly, don't rush your paintings, enjoy just doing them. I hope this helps :bow: :w00t:
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Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student General Artist
wow !
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jht888 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thank you ever so much :squee:
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TheFearMaster Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great work mate
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jht888 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thank you ever so much for that friend :bow: :clap:
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TheFearMaster Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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ManjiCyberNinja Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting to see another technique on how to give eyes depth and inter shading.
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jht888 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Thank you. I hope you like how I paint the eyes :bow:
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dragonx81 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful
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jht888 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Thank you so much again Luka :blush:
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dragonx81 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem, otherwise Luka's just a nickname (by last name)
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FroslassManiac Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I just tried it. I was amazed I was actually able to pull this off. :noes:

froslassmaniac.deviantart.com/…

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jht888 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
I've seen it. So happy you have taken something from it. Very impressive :clap: :bow:
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odeliam Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Do you use a special set of colors? 
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jht888 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I don't I'm afraid, just any colour that comes to mind :typerhappy:
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odeliam Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
(Make my life harder, thank you) No problem, gives me more freedom to choose my own ones.
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Fantastic! Looks super realistic!

I'm curious, what sort of brush do you use and what version of photoshop is this? If you've answered this already somewhere I apologize XD
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I just use the standard soft brush and my version of Photoshop is CS5. Thank you for your amazing comment :typerhappy:
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
great, thanks for answering! 
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Xhaerithia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
thanks for this! :)
Could you do a tutorial for hair?
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
You're welcome, thank you :happybounce: My next tutorial will be the mouth then the hair :squee:
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Xhaerithia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
awesome thanks :)
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FireYuuki Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
brilliant!
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thank you so much, you are too kind :blush: :happybounce:
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
:happybounce: Thank you ever so much Brenda again :boing: :sun:
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
   
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
That is so amazing Brenda, thank you so much :clap: :bow:
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome Honey!!!Pat grin wink Cutie Nod Cutie Happy Emoticon: Love Pixel Icon Commish for IceXDragon 
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LostLinkArt Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job, looking forward to your full tuts :)
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Thank you ever so much Clayton, I'm posting my nose tutorial also :squee:
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Somelarder Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH !
It might be the first tuto that will actually help me ! :D
Plus, I love how big your tuto is, it's perfect, thanks again ! :happybounce:
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Melvin you are most welcome. I'm so happy that you can take something from this and make you even better than you are ready are, as you're a fantastic artist already :squee:
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Somelarder Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks you ! :D
I like to learn, and I have to say that my eyes are not enough detailed sometimes, and your tuto showed I did it all wrong :lol:
For example, I make the pupil before even starting to detail the iris, and I tend to overfill on the pupil lol, so it's a bit messy 
Plus, it's the first tuto about eyes I find simple, not difficult to understand ! :)
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Other artists do it your way, it's just I'm self taught and I probably do it completely different to everyone else. I'm posting my nose tutorial later :typerhappy:
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Somelarder Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh cool ! :D
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LittleWolf-Dreamer Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! It look so real. Awesome! I marvel at how you do that Truman. 
Your steps make it look so easy and yet I know it's not. 
You and David are such a talented artists. :hug: =^.^=
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Thank you so much so that Dawn, that is such a heart warming compliment :bow: :clap: :typerhappy:
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LittleWolf-Dreamer Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so very welcome. :tighthug: =^.^=
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Gelieta Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Very...VERY realistic!=) and so helpful, thank you!=)
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jht888 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Thank you so much for that lovely comment Anna and the pleasure's mine :clap:
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jiasen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
did u smudge the surrounding of the eye? 
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